Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.
The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.
Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.
Reporting to the Compliance & Projects Manager you will act as the competent person to lead with regard to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and accept the importance and significance of the role.
Ensure fire risk assessments, reviews, actions and remedial works are completed to maintain compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Ensure all Compliancy servicing and maintenance (including but not limited to Fire, Electrical, Passenger Lifts, Warden Control and Door Entry) are carried out within agreed timescales and budgets adhering to any legislative and regulatory requirements, specifications, contract documentation and industry best practice on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council.
To ensure that a high standard of quality control is maintained on service contracts and remedial repair works.
To liaise with all stakeholders and other departments in an advisory capacity.
Undertake a range of specialist tasks including:
To be responsible for ensuring the delivery of organisation's compliance and improvement projects with regards to servicing, maintenance and repairs contracts ensuring compliance with government standards and legislative requirements.
To liaise with the Kent Fire and Rescue Services, Housing Management and external agencies with regard to fire safety audits, exercises and vulnerable persons requiring measures to be put in place to reduce personal risk.
Provide direction to residents, Housing Officers and ancillary staff to ensure the council meets its duties in accordance with the Fire Safety Order
To liaise with and assist the Compliance & Projects Manager and the Service Manager in developing future servicing, maintenance and repairs projects & programmes.
To update all databases are maintained following fire action completions ensuring accurate and current data is held on the council’s housing stock.
To assist with preparing specifications and conditions of contract necessary to tender and place orders and let contracts for all servicing, maintenance and repair projects.
To liaise with and assist the Compliance & Projects Manager and the Service Manager in the design and implementation of a comprehensive range of effective performance management measures and ensure these are produced to the agreed standard, and at the agreed intervals, to promote continuous improvements in the development of the service.
Develop close working relationships with key contractor personnel and use partnering techniques to look for and implement innovative solutions and improvements by working together
To liaise with and provide advice to other departments within Gravesham Borough Council on servicing and maintenance contract matters. Ensuring that staff are kept informed of changes in statutory requirements and building contract legislation.
Assist the Compliance & Projects Manager in monitoring, controlling budgets and financial plans relating to servicing, maintenance and repairs projects allocated to the role.
Manage and monitor both contractors and consultants. Where standards are not being met implement systems to resolve matters
To develop effective communication with tenants on service standards and delivery of projects.
To keep up to date with best practice and changes in legislation to enhance service development and encourage appropriate innovation to improve services to tenants.
To ensure the contractor has safe systems of work in operation during all works on site and that all operations are carried out under the Health and Safety at Work act are observed and strictly adhered to by the contractor reporting on and monitoring Health and Safety compliance.
To attend training and CPD events in order to remain fully informed of latest practices and legislation.
To carry out such other duties as may be required of you, commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility, as directed by management.
To participate as required in the Council’s Emergency Planning Operations which may involve duties outside the post holder’s normal job description and contracted hours. In the event that an incident has occurred which disrupts the council’s ability to deliver it’s critical functions, the post holder will be expected to participate in the recovery stage which may include undertaking duties within the post holder’s competencies in other departments and/or at other locations.
The post holder will carry out all duties and activities having regard to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and in accordance with any instructions from senior members of staff under that Act or any Council or Departmental Codes of Practice or Procedures.
The post holder will comply with Statute and Council Policy in all respects
An awareness and commitment to section 17 which places a statutory duty on police and local authorities to work in partnership to reduce crime and promote community safety. It is also required that community safety is to be a thread running through all functions of the Local Authority.
A commitment to excellent customer service and the values of the Council
Good standard of general education to GCSEs at grade C (or equivalent) including English and Maths
Relevant professional qualification (i.e. HNC) in a building discipline or able to demonstrate extensive relevant experience and knowledge
Nebosh Fire Safety Certificate or similar qualification
- Member of a relevant Fire Protection or Fire Safety Association.
- Previous Fire Safety experience with a Local Authority or a Housing Association.
- Experience of delivering projects & programmes
- Knowledge of the Housing Act 2004
In return we offer you:
A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.
In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.
Employee Assistance Programme
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,
whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.
A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.
An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Bal Chattha, Compliance & Projects Manager on 01474 337505.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.